North Huron soft launches new website

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NORTH HURON – The Township of North Huron has launched a new municipal website.

The new website was launched on March 9 using a “soft launch” approach. The soft launch allowed staff to work in the live version of the website to identify any issues and concerns with the new system.

In a presentation to council, staff revealed some new and exciting features of the website, including a new, modern design with a customized look.

eSolutions and North Huron staff worked on designing and implementing the new website for the past 10 months.

The new website meets the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 standards for accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, a report from the Director of Recreation and Community Services Vicki Luttenberger said.

The new website will also be PCI Compliant for online payments and provide Tier 3 Data Security. Also, the website will be compatible with EScribe and Laserfiche. It will have the ability to interface with several third-party applications, including “Fusion,” the new recreation management software.

The home page allows North Huron staff to post important news and alerts for residents, features six frequently used buttons, contains five reorganized dropdown vertical menus, has four types of social media links, and highlights three sections for featured content.

The new website also includes a Bids and Tenders module, News and Notices, Calendar of Events, Business Directory, and a Public Engagement tool.

It features enhanced search capability, allows subscriptions to individual web pages, contains online fillable forms, and enables staff to conduct online polls and surveys.

In comparison to the previous website, users should find that the new website provides more information and is much more user-friendly, according to the report.

You can visit the new website at www.northhuron.ca. Staff has requested to be contacted if there are any problems identified to correct them as quickly as possible.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times